Patna: Former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and BJP Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Kumar Modi today suggested the coalition partners of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) seriously ponder over the population issue with the alliance partners instead of openly giving the statement on it.
Modi said here that India is a large country in terms of population and the issue had been widely discussed at all platforms including legal, administrative and academics. Referring to the viewpoints of various organisations and outfits, Modi said that Vishva Hindu Parishad was averse to one-child policy whereas some other organisations have different views and suggested that the NDA constituent units should avoid public statements and discuss the ways and means to control the population and use them in development of the nation.
The BJP MP said that the centre as well as state governments have given the facility of LTC to its employees and financial assistance of Rs 1500 monthly for the education of the children to its employees who follow the two-child policy. Exemption in income tax and benefits of Health Schemes were given to those having only two children.
Modi appealing to avoid politicising the population issue said that after NDA came to power in Bihar an arrangement allowing those having only two children to contest Civic body elections was made through an amendment in Municipal Corporation law in the year 2007.
He said that those having only two children were allowed to contest Panchayat elections in Rajasthan, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttrakhand and Odisha. Apart from this two-child policy has been made mandatory for government jobs in states like Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.